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Creativity from A to Z

From Acting to Zzzz . . . the books on this list are all about teens, performance and the arts.


The Sweet, Terrible, Glorious Year I Truly, Completely Lost It
The Sweet, Terrible, Glorious Year I Truly, Completely Lost It

A is for Acting: Gemma Stone, 14, is having quite the year. Her sister is marrying into a family of weirdoes, she has a lead in her first school play, the most popular boy finally notices her, but she can't help thinking about the school outcast who has a way with Shakespeare.


First Love
First Love

B is for Ballet: Sandra and Adam are in love with ballet and with each other. However, when dance master George Balanchine selects Sandra to be a principal dancer in his last great epic and Adam rises to stardom in a rival company, which love will come first?


Down the Rabbit Hole: An Echo Falls Mystery
Down the Rabbit Hole: An Echo Falls Mystery

C is for Community Theater: Cracked-up Katie is dead, 13 year old Ingrid's bright red cleats are at the scene of the crime (don't ask), and everything just might be connected to the Community Theatre.


Trouble Follows : an Indigo Novel
Trouble Follows : an Indigo Novel

D is for Dance: Indigo Summer is on the dance squad, dating the man of her dreams, and ready to welcome her best friend back to Atlanta. Life is good, and it can only get better. Right?


The New and Improved Vivien Leigh Reid : Diva in Control
The New and Improved Vivien Leigh Reid : Diva in Control

E is for the Entertainment Industry: Vivien is a reformed Diva, but her mother%u2019s engagement and her new role as an ugly warthog coed make it hard to stay calm, cool, and collected.


The Film Club
The Film Club

F is for Film: Film critic and novelist, David Gilmour makes a deal with his 15 year old son (No more school in exchange for three movies a week with his father) and they both get a lesson in music, girls, family, friendship, life, and love.


Stay With Me
Stay With Me

G is for Grief: For Leila Abranel, plays have always been much easier to understand than real life, especially her life. It is not until her sister%u2019s suicide that Leila begins to understand the people around her.


Nailed
Nailed

H is for High School: Bret Hendricks refuses to conform, but like his father always says" The nail that sticks out the farthest gets hammered hardest." With his green tinted pony tail, Bret, the lone actor in school of jocks, definitely stands out, but this year Bret is learning to stand up for himself and what he believe in.


Mao's Last Dancer
Mao's Last Dancer

I is for Independence: At age 11, Cunxin was brought out of poverty by Madame Mao to study ballet in Beijing . Now a world renown dancer, he lives in Houston with his American wife and three children. This is the story of how he got there.


Fortune's Fool
Fortune's Fool

In medieval Germany, fifteen-year-old Conrad, a court jester, and his beloved Christa, a servant girl, escape from a cruel master and journey through the countryside on a quest to find a kind lord who will give them sanctuary.J is for Jesters:


Spin the Bottle
Spin the Bottle

K is for Keeping it Real: Finally in the seventh grade, Phoebe is now old enough to join the Drama club, but who knew that most of the drama would be happening backstage?


My Most Excellent Year : a Novel of Love, Mary Poppins, and Fenway Park
My Most Excellent Year : a Novel of Love, Mary Poppins, and Fenway Park

L is for Love: Three friends. One Year. Many many things to talk about: musical theater, social activism, baseball, love, sexuality, family, and friends.


This Must be Love
This Must be Love

M is for Magic: High school is hard enough for four New Jersey friends without their lives turning out to be a modern take on Shakespeare's Midsummer's Night Dream.


One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies
One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies

N is for New Beginnings: After her mother%u2019s death, Ruby Milliken moves to LA to live with her father: A man who divorced her mother before she was born, a man who most people recognize as movie star Whip Logan, and a man Ruby refuses to like no matter how hard he tries.


Caught in the Act
Caught in the Act

O is for On Stage: Ethan Lederer is an actor, and not just on the stage. He acts the perfect son for his parents and the perfect student for his teachers, but when Ethan can%u2019t keep up the act any more the exotic Lydia steps in. She gets him an A in science and the lead in the school play. She even seems to get him but then things start to get weird.


Day of Tears: a Novel in Dialogue
Day of Tears: a Novel in Dialogue

P is for a Play: In 1859, a Georgian plantation hosted the largest slave auction in history. Among the cast: the plantation owner, his abolitionist ex-wife, his daughters, and the slave who should never have been sold . . . Read what they have to say.


A Crooked Kind of Perfect
A Crooked Kind of Perfect

Q is for Quirky: For eleven year-old Zoe, playing %u201CForever in Blue Jeans%u201D at the Perfectone Perform-O-Rama is a far cry from her dreams of playing piano at Carnegie Hall, but sometimes reality finds a way to be a dream come true.


Airhead
Airhead

R is for Rich: Computer whiz, Emma Watts hasn%u2019t been herself lately. Literally. After a freak accident left her injured and the superstar model Nikki brain dead, Em wakes up in Nikki%u2019s body and things only get more complicated from there.


The Queen's Soprano
The Queen's Soprano

S is for Singing: The Pope has banned women from singing in public, but Angelica was born to sing ands does so freely in Queen Christina%u2019s court. Now the Queen is dying, and soon no one will be able to protect Angelica from politics, heartbreak, and her mother%u2019s schemes.


The Black Canary
The Black Canary

T is for Time Travel: Following a shimmer in the air, almost 13 year-old James Parrett is transported to Elizabethan London. As the son and grandson of musicians, James has always resisted his family%u2019s obsession with music, but when he is drafted by the %u201CChildren of the Royal Chapel%u201D his musical talent evolves into a love of singing.


The Kayla Chronicles
The Kayla Chronicles

U is for Undercover Hip Hop: Feminist, Kayla Dean is ready to blow the whistle on the Dance Team%u2019s discrimination against the not-so-well endowed by auditioning to be a Lady Lion. Then to her surprise, she makes the team, and she has to make some hard decisions. Like, Can a liberated independent women still wear cute shoes?


My life, The Musical
My life, The Musical

W is for Watching: Sixteen-year-old Emily Pearl's obsession with Broadway shows, and one musical in particular, lands her in trouble in school and at home, but it might also allow her and her best friend, Phillip, to find a dramatic solution to the problems.


Leading Ladies : The 50 Most Unforgettable Actresses of the Studio Era
Leading Ladies : The 50 Most Unforgettable Actresses of the Studio Era

X is for X-Chromosome: Doesn't the title say it all? Full of pictures, biographies, trivia, and more.


Love on Cue
Love on Cue

V is for Voice Lessons: Maggie Tannery is a shoo-in for the lead in this year's school production of Romeo and Juliet, and she's seriously psyched because her crush, Daniel, might be playing her Romeo both on- and off-stage. But when her school decides to perform a musical instead, Maggie turns to the musically talented Nico for voice lessons, and their voices aren't the only things that seem to harmonize.


Acting for Young Actors : The Ultimate Teen Guide
Acting for Young Actors : The Ultimate Teen Guide

Y is for Your Turn: Everything that you need to know! Written by an Emmy Award winning director, this book covers unions, auditioning, recommended classes, terminology, and more.


Dreamhunter
Dreamhunter

Z is for Zzzz . . . : In a world where select people can enter "The Place" and find dreams of every kind to share with others for a fee, a fifteen-year-old girl is training to be a dreamhunter when her father disappears, leaving her to carry on his mysterious mission.